The best web hosting provider for Singapore in 2020 is amazingly fast globally and locally. They’ve got reliable support that’s honest, groundbreaking technological advances, all at a fantastic value for money!
The best web host for Singapore is hands down, SiteGround – super fast within Asia at prices cheaper than local brands!
Among the 30+ web hosts we’ve tested, 5 were shortlisted into this list for having their own Singaporean data centers, which means they’re fast locally and within the Asia region (at <120 ms!). This makes them ALL excellent choices for those targeting Asian markets!
Out of the 5 website hosts featured, SiteGround is the most reputable, known internationally for their excellent customer service.
They’ll respond to any of your issues quickly, and they are a tremendously knowledgeable bunch. If you ask nicely, they’ll even tell you where to find the best chilli crab in Singapore (OKAY I’M KIDDING!).
Our problems were solved without transferring us to different departments, saving us the hassle of repeating our issues over and over again until somebody can help us, which is a major time saver.
Feature wise, we were surprised to find that SiteGround gave us the best bang for buck, especially when they’re the biggest brand out there:
All for a measly SGD13.50 a month (I eat snacks more expensive than that!).
They’ve recently moved their entire infrastructure to the Google Cloud Platform, which allows for easy scalability, better security and faster speeds for their users. Throw in additional perks like their ready-to-use caching system and the SuperCacher, and SiteGround has a clear advantage over the rest.
When we put the host through our unique server speed checker, SiteGround produced phenomenal results, with a worldwide average ranking of 159.9 ms, and an average of 58.5 ms in Asia!
|US (W)||US (E)||London||Singapore||Sao Paulo|
|211 ms||215 ms||180 ms||3 ms||351 ms|
|66 ms||95 ms||70 ms||240 ms||168 ms|
In Singapore itself, SiteGround’s response time is a lightning fast 3 ms, thanks to their local data center!
For the benefit of our readers who don’t understand what these numbers mean – It’s blazing fast!
This little Lithuanian web hosting company made waves internationally with their exceptionally low introductory price and stellar services.
Upon discovering that they’ve got a data center in Singapore, we decided to create a test site with them to see how they fare against the best of the best web hosting companies around.
After doing some testing, we decided that they deserve a spot on the big boy’s table here on this list. Hostinger Singapore definitely doesn’t disappoint.
Their Singapore server did quite well in our server response time test, with a worldwide average of 175.8 ms, and 91.25 ms in Singapore, Japan, Sydney, and Bangalore, but that’s already expected, being an international web host and all.
|US (W)||US (E)||London||Singapore||Sao Paulo|
|194 ms||229 ms||246 ms||5 ms||349 ms|
|99 ms||191 ms||70 ms||212 ms||163 ms|
What really impressed us was the amount of value we got at their irresistibly low price point. Our Premium Shared plan only cost SGD8.10 per month and the number of features we received with it felt almost criminal.
We got almost all of the same benefits of the premium web hosting counterparts, namely:
These are just a few of the features we received, but the icing on this very beautiful cake is that Hostinger provides their premium shared users with 1 free domain name! It’s a small gesture that really has a big impact, especially for beginner business owners who are worried about snowballing start-up costs.
We feel that Hostinger really cares for their customers because of how they structure and train their support team. Their support widget can be easily found on the bottom right of their dashboard, which eases frustration because who wants to hunt for the damn link to the live chat when something goes wrong with our websites?
Their service is available in 40 countries, with 10 support centres in local languages (with plans to add more) to make communications easier, and they’re really knowledgeable and super helpful. They don’t mind holding your hand and guiding you step-by-step to fix your website woes, no matter how silly they may be.
Needless to say, we really like Hostinger. They’re not the best around, but they’re super affordable at a low price of SGD8.10 a month – perfect for beginner business owners.
When someone talks about local Singaporean web hosting, the one brand that always come to mind is Exabytes.
Established way back in 2001, Exabytes is the oldest player out of the 5. Over the years, they’ve established a strong presence in the market, forging relationships and connecting with their customers. Some of our friends swear by them, having used their service for over ten years. So, with their reputation as a ‘big brother’ in the industry, we couldn’t wait to see how they fare when compared against the other big boys.
Speedwise, Exabytes performed quite well. They produced a worldwide average of 173.9 ms on our server speed checker with an average of 118 ms in Asia.
|US (W)||US (E)||London||Singapore||Sao Paulo|
|172 ms||202 ms||165 ms||7 ms||343 ms|
|249 ms||147 ms||69 ms||229 ms||156 ms|
As for their Singapore results, they whooped quite a fair bit of ass with a response time of just 7 ms!
They are definitely on par with the international players.
Looking at the features and benefits, Exabytes is the Exabest.
Everything that you need to build a website, they sell. It’s essentially a one-stop solution for site building and hosting. They also tick all the right boxes and have all the required features (which may not be as exciting as the competitors, but they’re still pretty decent). Let’s have a look at the list:
As mentioned their features may not be as strong as the competitors, but Exabytes makes up for it in terms of convenience – everything I need is right on their site, I don’t have to look for a separate site builder.
There’s only one drawback though – the price. Exabytes offers the same features as their international counterparts… but only with their premium Ebiz Lite Pro plan, which costs SGD14.99 per month. My personal opinion, It’s a little on the high side, and I wouldn’t be able to justify the cost.
A2 Hosting is an international web hosting provider, and their services are expected to meet a certain international level of standards. We’re very happy to say that from our experience, A2 Hosting easily surpasses our expectations.
When we ran our server speed test on A2 Hosting, we didn’t expect much from them but we were pleasantly surprised at the results – A worldwide average of 173.2 ms, and an average of 94.25 ms in Asia.
|US (W)||US (E)||London||Singapore||Sao Paulo|
|172 ms||212 ms||278 ms||6 ms||316 ms|
|163 ms||141 ms||67 ms||218 ms||159 ms|
With a data center right here in Singapore, A2 managed to produce a response time of only 6 ms locally. Pretty damn fast!
On paper, their numbers may not perform as well as our #1 host SiteGround, but with global speed averaging at 173.2 ms, loading up your page is practically instantaneous! We also appreciate the fact that we didn’t encounter any issues whatsoever, and we think that they are pretty damn reliable.
Let’s talk about features!
Their A2-Optimised feature is swell and it works really well with different CMS. Their proprietary tech also gets along really well with WordPress, Joomla, Magento and others, pushing the system to give you the fastest speed possible at all times!
Now, take in everything you’ve read about A2 hosting, all the features, the speed, everything – how much would you pay for service like this?
SGD15 a month? SGD20?
This package will only cost you a mere SGD12.35 a month. If that’s not good value, I don’t know what is.
The only thing we had to complain about (and really, we’re nitpicking here) is the speed of the live chat. It took us longer than usual to connect to someone, but once we did, we found their support staff to be very experienced and helpful. So yeah, live chat is a little slow to respond but when it comes to speed and reliability, we can safely say that A2 Hosting is A-Okay.
Next, we tested one of Singapore’s finest, combed through their features and sweet talked their customer service team, just to help you decide which host to go with.
Surprisingly, for a brand as prominent as them, their customer service is… to put it in milder terms, not great. It took them 12 hours to respond to an issue we encountered while setting up the test site. 12 hours! That’s 3 and a half days in dog years! Fortunately, when they DID respond, the issue was resolved quickly and professionally.
Feature-wise, Vodien did quite well.
Not bad right? Everything seems comparable to SiteGround so far. Everything except for the price. You see, for us to get an accurate apple-to-apple comparison data, we had to use Vodien’s bizValue plan.
In other words, this is their super expensive, premium package, which costs a whopping SGD29 a month. I don’t know about you guys, but to me, that seems mighty expensive.
Thankfully, Vodien seems to justify their prices when it comes to server speed. With a worldwide average ranking of 177.6 ms, 95.5 ms in Asia, and 6 ms in Singapore, you know that your customers aren’t waiting long to load up your site.
Numbers-wise, they are slightly slower compared to the other 4 hosts above but at 177.6 ms, you won’t be able to tell the difference.
Our Sweet Singapore is the obvious choice for a digital hub for South East Asia.
Aside from having the resources to attract the brightest talents from all over the world, we’ve cemented ourselves as a digital R&D hub, ranked as #1 in Asia in 2017’s Global Innovation Index.
Our lightning fast IT infrastructure has also made us the preferred choice for digital tech companies, with Silicon Valley giants like facebook, Yahoo and Google setting up base on Singaporean grounds to target the Asean markets.
With heavy hitters like these in our shores, they’ll naturally attract talents from all over, bright minds that will set up online businesses here as side hustles. These people will no doubt understand that sales is directly linked to site load speed, hence going for good web hosting providers with the fastest response times.
If you’re looking to have any chance of your business competing with these people, you’re going to want to ensure that your web hosting provider is up to par, at least in regards to speed. It’s important that the service should not just be fast locally, but able to provide you with competitive loading times globally as well.
Just pick the cheapest one and run with it! It’s just a website, who cares right?
Selecting the wrong web host can be downright detrimental to your business and web presence. A web host is like a foundation to a building – without the right base, everything is eventually gonna fall apart. Ideally, you’ll want your foundation to be strong, fast and reliable.
Let’s have a look at the factors and features every good web host should have.
In order for us to rank and review the web hosts fairly, we purchased their hosting plans and set up test sites for each of the web hosts. We then test them for uptime, customer support, and most importantly, server speed.
We made sure that our test sites were physically hosted on the companies’ Singaporean datacenters, so that we could run our server speed test on all 5 brands using the same parameters.
Using Bitcatcha’s very own Server Speed Checker, we sent pings from 10 different locations around the world, measuring the time it takes for the servers to respond to each one of those pings. We then rank the web hosts from A to E, depending on how well they perform against Core Web Vitals.
These Web Vitals are measured using 3 metrics: Visual stability, Largest Contentful Paint (LCP) and First Input Delay (FID). 2 out of these 3 metrics are highly dependent on loading speed, so the quicker the server’s response time is, the better they’ll be ranked.
This is actually quite important because if you pick a host with slow response times, it’ll take longer for your site to load up, causing your customers to lose interest, which loses you the sale.
Fun fact – according to thinkwithgoogle, websites should load under 1 second.
Because if site load speeds take between 1-3 seconds, the probability of users losing interest is a whopping 32%!
To recap, here is our top 3 web hosting for Singapore:
We had a lovely time reviewing these 5 brands, but it also made it super difficult for us to pick a winner.
It boils down to a matter of preference (some people might prefer local Singaporean hosts, some might prefer international ones) because each one of these brands are excellent, with impressive features and numbers to back them up.
However, the main deciding factor for us would be value. The international brands gave us everything we needed with their entry-level packages, which costs below SGD14 per month.
The local brands could compete, but only with their premium packages which can cost up to SGD50 per month.
Their entry level packages come with only HDD storage options, which isn’t ideal especially as we’re dealing with speed and load times. They also seem to lack 24/7 support, something which is quite important to us.
Due to their speed, features and excellent customer support, I’d have to say that SiteGround is the BEST web hosting in Singapore for us. Yes, they’re a little pricier than the rest but still cheaper than local providers. Their service is worth every single penny, especially if you factor in the benefits you get with them being on the Google Cloud platform!
However If you prefer to go with any of the other brands, you needn’t be concerned – they all perform really well locally and internationally, as justified by our server speed checker.
Yes. There are plenty of free web hosting services around that you can utilize for your website. However, they come with performance restrictions, handicaps, and ads displayed on your website (which you have no control over). If you’re looking to actually build traffic and generate revenue through your site, we would strongly advise against going for these free services.
Hostinger is the best cheap web hosting you can get at a budget. At only $0.99 a month (with their 48-mo plan), you’ll enjoy a free domain and SSL, unlimited bandwidth, 20GB SSD – more than enough for small or personal websites.
Shared web hosting costs an average of $12 to $420 per year – excluding domain and SSL. Domains would typically cost you $10 – $20 a year, while SSL can cost anything from as little as $8 up to $1000 per annum. These can build up to cost quite a bit, so we highly recommend a web hosting service that offers both domain AND SSL for free.
Figure out the purpose of your website, and find out which kind of web hosting would be best to fulfil that purpose. For small business or personal sites, shared web hosting is usually enough to cover all the bases. If it’s for a large to medium website, best not cheap out – go for something that provides you with more resources like VPS hosting.
SiteGround is officially recommended by WordPress, hence great for hosting WordPress sites. They’ve got tools designed specifically to optimize your WordPress site, e.g. 1-Click staging, SG Optimizer plugin, exclusive 24/7 WordPress support, and more.
Yes. Websites are hosted on data centers – physical servers that are used to house all your website data. The location of these data centers affect how fast your website loads for your visitors in certain regions. The closer the data center is to your visitors, the quicker your site will load for them.